Chinese Grand Prix set to be postponed because of coronavirus outbreak

A file photo of a Chinese worker preparing the lights for a F1 sign at the entrance of the pitlane ahead of the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International circuit in Shanghai, China. EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL

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Formula One chiefs are poised to announce the postponement of the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

The Independent reports that confirmation of the postponement could come as early as Wednesday, after it was decided that the race, scheduled to take place on 19 April, can no longer go ahead as planned.

The coronavirus has claimed more than 1,000 lives in China.

F1’s hierarchy have looked at plans to reschedule the race for later in the season, with Liberty Media boss Chase Carey admitting the prospect is now a “likelihood” rather than a possibility.

“We recognise that the postponement of the event is certainly a possibility and you could probably go even further and say a likelihood just given what seems to be transpiring,” Formula One Group chief executive officer and executive chairman Carey said.

The inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix is due to take place on 5 April. Hanoi is located on the Chinese border and there is growing concern among the travelling F1 circus that the race might also have to be postponed.

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